Common global challenges, such as climate change, population growth or water scarcity, call for innovative scientific ideas and interdisciplinary and intersectoral solutions. Addressing those crucial issues, the DAAD Office Cairo successfully launched COSIMENA (Clusters of Scientific Innovation in the Middle East and North Africa) setting up various issue driven clusters in the fields of water, energy, health, agriculture, economy, urbanism and cultural heritage. The aim of the project is to intensify scientific collaboration and increase the visibility of networks between researchers and universities in Germany and countries of the Middle East and North Africa. To build on existing partnerships, COSIMENA is harnessing synergies between DAAD funded projects, alumni and partner institutions that can be expanded to the whole MENA region.
In the scope of COSIMENA the DAAD Office Cairo realises various interdisciplinary events on current issues in science and innovation, such as workshops, conferences, round-table discussions, the German Science Day, the COSIMENA Science Night and a Summer School. The several activities aim to bring together various stakeholders from science, business, government and civil society. Especially young scientists are promoted and supported through networking opportunities.
COSIMENA is Online
In 2020, COSIMENA started to be digitally present with a wide range of events, covering public lectures, roundtables and conferences about global issues, as well as the main events like the German Science Day and the Summer School which are adapted and modified to the online format.
The attendance of the events is enabled by registering online (registration links are posted with the announcements of the events) or by participating through the livestream on facebook.
For this project, the DAAD receives funding for foreign cultural and educational policy from the Federal Foreign Office (AA).